BOZEMAN – Winning a championship takes everything you’ve got. Doing it again takes even more. Missoula Sentinel finished off back-to-back titles on the volleyball court last weekend.
The ladies from Missoula returned most of their key pieces from last year’s run, so most expected another fantastic season. But the Spartans still had to work for it.
They fought through a few injuries to star players, while taking a while to round into top form. But Sentinel still found a way to win many close matches and then put it all together at state.
“It feels incredible,” said senior outside hitter and reigning Montana Gatorade Player of the Year Elsa Godwin. “I mean, the fact that we won two state titles in a row with this group of girls, it’s the best feeling in the world. I think with all of the injuries it was kind of hard to get in a rhythm. But as soon as we hit the floor in state we found what worked, and we played Spartan volleyball.”
“Everyone wants to come take away the state title from you,” said senior middle blocker Kylie Frohlich about the pressure of this season. “If you have a target on your back, everyone is going to come give you their best game, so it honestly helped us prepare, because everyone was just playing us their hardest every game.
“We’re all seniors, and we’ve got four years together. It’s just been really special having known all of these girls all four years, and we get to finish on a state championship.”
Sentinel suffered its only loss in two years back at the beginning of this season against Billings Senior. But then the Spartans got revenge, beating the previously undefeated Broncs twice at state, including in the championship match.